This year, MasterChef Australia is achieving something almost unheard of in reality TV: its own redemption story.
After 10 straight years, the original was beginning to fall out of favour with fans; the format was becoming repetitive and the challenges increasingly divorced from the show's humble 'home-cooks-battle-it-out' beginnings.
Then 2019 brought a hugely unpopular plot twist: the restaurant company owned by judge George Calombaris admitted it had underpaid staff more than $7.83 million.
Fans and unions called for his sacking, but Network 10 stood by him. With the scandal still swirling, Calombaris and fellow judges, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan, walked away amid rumours they'd failed to secure a 40 per cent bump in their already sizeable salaries.
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There was little doubt that the success of the next volume would be overwhelmingly dependent on one thing: their replacements.
And despite fickle audiences, the strength of streaming services and a fast-tiring format, here we are.